As a Self-DirectED online student, you can choose your pace—how many faculty-led courses you want to take per term—and enroll in optional competency courses that allow you to complete some of your work on your own. This way, your pace is directed by you, and so is the total cost of your degree; the more ambitious your schedule is, the more you can save on your tuition.

There are many options, but check out our sample degree plans below to find the pace that's right for you:

3 18 months $15,000 51%
3 24 months $20,000 34%
2 27 months $22,500 26%

*Compared to our standard Associate's degree tuition

What Are Competency Courses?

Competency-based learning allows you to demonstrate skills most sought-after by today’s employers at the pace that’s right for you. Our competency courses are offered online at your convenience so you can move quickly through concepts or take your time learning new material. They are flexible and completely optional, but choosing to take them alongside your faculty-led online courses can help you graduate sooner.

I like the flexibility of being able to make progress through what I know and get the credit without having to pay for a traditional course. Learning at my own pace without having to follow a structured schedule works really well for me.

—Jason Riffenburg, Rasmussen College Student


Earn Your Business Management Associate's Degree

What You'll Learn

  • Career-Focused Curriculum: Gain in-demand skills across many business functions:
    • Management and Team Development
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Business Law and Ethics
    • Accounting and Finance
  • Relevant Business Insight: Gain access to case studies through our partnership with Harvard Business Publishing
  • Networking Opportunities: Join the national organization, Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA)

An Affordable Investment

Our innovative approach to online education allows us to significantly reduce tuition costs:

  • Your tuition is set at an affordable flat rate of $2,500 per term so you can choose how many courses you want to take and control your costs
  • We lowered your tuition and locked it in, so it will not increase if you are continuously enrolled

Salary and Career Potential

Prepare for the opportunity you have been waiting for and become a successful business professional or advance your career to the next level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning an Associate’s degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve income potential in today's job market.

Average Lifetime Earnings By Degree Level**:
Associate's Degree $1,763,440
Some College $1,622,240
High School Diploma $1,367,880


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

Next Program Start Dates
  • Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Monday, July 7, 2014

Direct Your Future. Contact Us Today.

If you’re ready to learn more about how you can earn your degree—Self-DirectED—at the pace that’s right for you, fill out the form or contact us at 888-5-RASMUSSEN. We will contact you shortly to talk through your options and help you choose the right path for your future.


Students in this program must complete the requirements to earn a Business Management Associate's degree from Rasmussen College. The courses in this program are delivered in a six-week online format. Students can take up to four courses each term.

Tuition for this program is charged at a flat rate of $2,500/term for the duration of the student’s enrollment in the program. No other discounts or scholarships can be applied. The Associate's degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the required courses, or after all requirements have been met by a combination of course completion and credit transfer based on an assessment of the student’s prior learning experience.

Optional competency courses can be completed by students and applied to this or another program. Upon completion of the competency courses, Rasmussen College will evaluate the student's documentation for transfer eligibility, with a maximum of 24 credits awarded based on their work in the competency courses. Students must complete the competency courses within the required timeframe. Competency courses may not transfer to other colleges, as acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Course availability may be limited through October 2014.

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